What can I do with a bachelor of arts degree in early childhood education?

January 01, 2017

The Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education prepares you for careers in early care and education. It focuses on building the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to provide high quality, inclusive early care and education for children, ages birth to eight, in a variety of settings.

Culture, equity, and diversity are embedded throughout the program in addition to areas of study that include child development and learning, relationships, interactions and guidance, observation, assessment and meaningful content, and curriculum.

The following information provides an overview on possible careers within early care and education along with skills, professional organization information, and additional resources.

 *The referenced lists are possible fields and occupations representative, but not exclusive or limited to, employment options for an Early Childhood Education major. Some positions listed require additional training, education (master’s degree), teaching credentials, licensure, and/or experience prior to job eligibility.

Possible Fields

  • Education (private and public)
  • Social Services
  • Community
  • Higher Education
  • Social Work
  • Research
  • Non-Profit
  • Health Care
  • Government Agencies
  • Training and Development
  • Legal
  • Private child care business

Possible Occupations

  • Early Care and Education Administrator/Program Director
  • Also known as: Director of Child Development, Director of Child Development Lab, Preschool Director    
  • Early Care and Education Site Supervisor
  • Early Care and Education Site Supervisor
  • Early Care and Education/Preschool Teacher – Master, Lead, Assistant, and Associate
  • Early Care and Education Coordinator – Curriculum/Professional Development Coordinator/ Development Management
  • Early Care and Education/Child Family Advocate/Public Policy Analyst
  • Early Care and Education Consultant
  • Early Learning Specialist 
  • Early Care and Education Trainer
  • Case Manager 
  • Children’s Librarian
  • Community Care Licensing Analyst
  • Counselor
  • Professor of Early Childhood Education
  • Licensed Family Care Provider
  • Program/Family Specialist
  • Researcher/Analyst

Skills Needed for Early Childhood Education Majors

  • Creativity
  • Passion
  • Flexibility
  • Patience
  • High Energy
  • Perseverance
  • Organization
  • Respect
  • Time Management
  • Interpersonal

Brandman University Clubs and Organizations

ECE Leadership Student Organization

Brandman University Programs

School of Education Home Page

Professional Associations for Early Childhood Education Majors

Professional associations provide a connection with other professionals in your field to learn, share, and discuss professional interests.  Associations also provide great opportunities to network and explore additional early care and education career information.

National Child Care Association

National Association for the Education of Young Children

California Association for the Education of Young Children

National Association of Early Childhood Educators

Association for Early Learning Leaders

Professional Association for Childhood Education

National Association for Family Child Care

Join LinkedIn Professional Association groups in your industry!

Additional Resources for Early Childhood Education Majors

Child Development Training Consortium

Head Start

CompSat: Professional Development Tools for Early Childhood Educators

Early Childhood Education in National Spotlight


Early Childhood Educator is a Rewarding Career

Careers in Early Childhood Education

Brandman University Programs

Bachelors Degree: Early Childhood Education

Masters Degree: Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Visit the Career Exploration and Planning section of the Career Services website for additional career information, resources, and tools.

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